On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending December 18, 2020

The following are actual police reports as written by Longboat Key Police Officers. They are edited for length, punctuation and to protect privacy.

Dec. 12


1:35 a.m.

Officer Hodo was dispatched to a hotel in reference to a battery. Officers arrived and made contact with the suspect in the lobby area who had an odor of alcoholic beverages smell on his breath. Officers met with the victim who stated that he got into a verbal argument with the suspect over money. The victim stated that the argument escalated into the suspect grabbing him by the throat and pushing him away. The victim stated that he sustained no injuries and did not want to not pursue the matter any further. The victim stated that the suspect flew him and his girlfriend’s family down from Arizona to have a family vacation. The victim made no further comments. Officers checked both parties involved and didn’t see any signs of physical injuries. Officers checked the room and did not see any signs of a struggle. Officer Hodo had the victim sign a Marsy’s Law form and gave them a report number. No further investigation.

Boat damage

11:45 a.m.

Officer Connors received a call in regard to a channel marker number 10. The person advised that the previous evening he had struck the channel marker due to solar glare while entering the channel. The person advised of no injuries, no damage to his vessel, no damage to the channel marker other than the marker coming loose from the seabed. The person advised that he had contacted the association and advised that the marker was going to be reset within the next day. Officer Connors placed a hazard buoy in the area for all boaters to be aware of the channel marker.


Dog on beach

1:38 p.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to 3300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive on a report of a dog on the beach. Upon arrival, Officer Ascencio observed a black Labrador Retriever and its owner. The owner was sitting on the beach near the berm. The owner saw the officer heading his way and attempted to walk away. He had a red solo cup that he dumped out when the officer called out to him. The owner stated the dog was an emotional support dog. He was made aware that those do not fall under the Persons with Disabilities Act. Officer Ascencio advised him that no dogs or alcohol were allowed on the beach. He stated that he would put the dog inside the rental unit he was staying at. Officer Ascencio then spoke with the complainant who stated this was an ongoing issue. He said he has many photographs and videos of the Labrador running on the beach with and without a leash. He stated he would send those to the officer via email. Officer Ascencio checked the system and found that this dog owner was spoken to at least twice within the last week. Officer Martinson spoke to him about the dog violation and report he was again spoken to regarding the dog violation. Officer Ascencio then wrote a notice to appear for the dog being on the beach. Officer Tillman notarized the NTA. The dog owner signed the NTA and left an inked thumb print. The photographs from the complainant were sent to evidence. Case closed.


Suspicious vehicle

11:52 p.m.

Officer Puccio while on patrol observed a vehicle parked in Overlook Park after hours. Upon observing the violation, Officer Puccio issued the vehicle a parking citation for violating the town parking ordinance. Nothing further to report.


Dec. 13

Dog on beach

11:33 a.m.

Officer Tillman responded to a report of a dog on the beach. Officer Tillman arrived and located the owner who was seen jogging with the dog off leash along the beach. The owner advised the dog was a service dog. The owner was given a verbal warning on the leash law. Officer Tillman also called back the complainant and left a message on the phone and advised her of his findings. Officer Tillman advised her that the owner will be staying on the island until Dec. 5 Case closed.


Doggy vacation

2:04 p.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to 4700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive beach access on a report of a St. Bernard on the beach drinking salt water. Upon arrival, Officer Ascencio observed the dog lying on a towel sleeping on its leash. The owner stated that the dog is her service animal. Case cleared.


Bike vs. car

2:15 p.m.

Officer Tillman responded to an auto accident involving a bicycle. Officer Tillman responded and spoke with the bicyclist who stated that they were on bicycles and traveling north on the sidewalk. A white vehicle pulled out in front of them causing them to lose control of the bicycle and go over the handle bars and landing on the front edge of the vehicle. An argument ensued and words were exchanged before the vehicle left the area. The bicyclist then called the police to report the incident. The one bicyclist reported minor scrapes on her knees and refused any medical treatment. The other female bicyclist stated that her chest area was sore from the fall. The vehicle driver gave a similar statement as to the facts. The occupants in the vehicle stated that they noticed that this was a bad intersection before barely pulling out onto the sidewalk to see around the shrubbery. The occupants then observed the man slam on his bicycle brakes and the second female bicyclist slam into him before losing control and hitting the front edge of the vehicle. An information and statement form was obtained from the vehicles occupants and is on file. There was no damage to either the bicycles or vehicle. The bicyclists were able to pedal away from the scene back to Sarasota without incident. The case is filed as a matter of record and for future reference. Case closed.


Dec. 14

Welfare check

12:11 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to Pine Street for a welfare check. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno made contact with the complainant who stated that he hasn’t heard from his 39 year-old son since Dec. 8 who has an alcohol addiction and was exhibiting signs of paranoia. The caller also stated that his son had checked in three different hotels at Ft. Myers on Dec. 8 and told him that he was being followed. The caller is concerned that without medical treatment that his son could possibly be a danger to himself or others. The caller further advised that his son was last seen walking toward the downtown Ft. Myers area by hotel employees. On Dec. 14 the caller received a phone call from the car rental agency that his son rented using the caller’s credit card. It still had not been returned and is 72 hours overdue. The vehicle is a 2021 Chevy Equinox and last seen in Bradenton. There was a delay in placing a regional BOLO due to the computer system being down. Sgt. Smith ran a check for Lee County which yielded negative results. A BOLO was sent through dispatch for a unit to respond at the address given for the subject.


Citizen dispute

6:33 p.m.

Officer Nagell was dispatched to Broadway Rd. in regard to a disturbance. The dispatch screen indicated that it was physical in nature, with one of the parties pushing the other. The caller lives in Washington State. Upon Officer Nagell’s arrival, he made contact with the complainant. The complainant explained in detail that she represents the property owner and she responded to the location at the request of her client to conduct an inspection of the property. Initially she advised that she was refused entry into the property and the renter was “aggressive” in manner. The complainant continued that the renter was in violation of the rental agreement because he had moved furniture in the home and had accessed a cottage that according to the owner was not part of the rental agreement. During the complainant’s contact with her client, the homeowner, she didn’t advise that there was any physical contact from the renter. The homeowner was on the phone with her representative, the complainant while Officer Nagell was there. Sgt. Schoepfer and Officer Nagell attempted to speak with the complainant who was attempting to speak over them and refused to pause long enough for either of them to speak. Officer Nagell then made contact with the renter who presented him with a rental agreement and copies of a wire transfer and a check. The renter related that he and the owner have been having issues since he arrived and tonight the representative arrived unannounced wanting to view the property. The renter allowed her in and she began taking photos and advising him about what was wrong with the property and what he could and could not use or do. He then stated that he had called about a leak two days ago and only heard back when the property manager was at the door. He denied any physical contact with her. Officer Nagell again spoke with the complainant and with the homeowner on the phone and advised them that this was a civil matter and all parties may wish to contact their respective attorneys for a remedy. Officer Nagell did advise the complainant and property owner that a resasonable notification was needed for them to enter the property while it was being rented. Officer Nagell advised all parties to contact the police for an officer stand by for all future contacts with one another. The complainant had videoed part of her encounter with the renter in the short video that Officer Nagell saw, he saw no violation of law or the renter touch or strike the complainant. Case closed, civil matter.

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